Tony and I resigned from the SLUG committee last week. Executive summary: Sometimes leadership means doing the right thing in macro, despite it feeling wrong and painful in micro.

Rusty Russell: Every time I do a talk, I remember that talk by DaveM which started me contributing to Linux. I want to convey that incredible buzz to other people, so they walk away going ‘wow, I want to do that!'”

So, if you’re not coming to linux.conf.au already, you definitely won’t want to come now: They’ve accepted my To The Teeth: Arming GNOME For Desktop Success talk. Suckers! (Thanks!)

Meanwhile, James mentioned that his talk was accepted (though I don’t know what the topic is), and of course Havoc Pennington, Superstar will also be there. I’m guessing that he’ll end up doing a keynote about freedesktop.org, which will be totally awesome – always good to see a bit more desktop love in linux.conf.au’s eclectic mix.

Promised to add Michael‘s ooo-build to GARNOME a while back, so given that he recently announced a new version, and I was busily integrating some of Paul Drain’s GARNOME patches, I thought I’d give it a go:

$ du -sh download/*
140M    download/OOO_1_1_0.tar.bz2
9.6M    download/binutils-2.13.2.1.tar.bz2
20M     download/gcc-3.2.2.tar.bz2
39M     download/j2sdk-1.4.1-01-linux-i586-gcc3.2.tar.bz2
696k    download/ooo-build-1.1.42.tar.gz
1.1M    download/ooo-icons-OOO_1_1-1.tar.gz

Be afraid. I’m not going to build it myself, but there should be a keen bean on the GARNOME list willing to drive their machine into the ground to chase the sweet-n-sexy-looking-Ximian-OOo dream.

I have to do the garball category migration before the next release, though, so hopefully I can get that done (with a release) over the weekend. In the mean time, I have to get the mini-conf announced, sort out the anonymous ballot “referendum” before the Board elections, finish off and publish my release engineering proposal, and… well, more, all before the weekend. :-)

Best wishes to Mark Finlay. He’ll be a force to be reckoned with very shortly – university and Free Software mix very well. :-) Looking forward to seeing him at 100% again soon.

Can’t you see that everyone else is buying SUVs? Philip Greenspun dances The Heretic: “The programmers and managers using Java will feel good about themselves because they are using a tool that, in theory, has a lot of power for handling problems of tremendous complexity. Just like the suburbanite who drives his SUV to the 7-11 on a paved road but feels good because in theory he could climb a 45-degree dirt slope.”

Jonathan Schwartz dives feet-forward into his own mouth: “Also, let me really clear about our Linux strategy. We don’t have one. We don’t at all. We do not believe that Linux plays a role on the server. Period.”

But that’s not all: “While [IBM & HP] have done a superb job of telling the world that Linux is the future, but sadly it may be true for them because they don’t own an OS. We, on the other hand, have a safe, compelling and affordable product called Solaris [...]“

Bring in the violins, I’m crying over here!

Some random updates.

Luis was quoted in an eWeek article about GNOME 2.4, which unfortunately had a horrible headline. On reading that page, I found that eWeek covered GARNOME back when 2.2 was released – weird!

Rusty, Tridge, Kim and Martin took out the Australian Open Source Awards this year – congratulations! All of their contributions have affected my FOSS world – thank you!

The Inimitable Luke Stroven has updated the FootNotes header, which looks totally sweet.

GNOME 2.4 was released – big sigh of relief and satisfaction all around. We’re already seeing some branching going on, so work on 2.5 has begun! Ian posted a very cool mail about Service Discovery for GNOME, looking at the potential for this kind of stuff in GNOME, based on his experiences writing gmdns. Really rocking stuff, and it’s on top of Rodrigo’s discussions about gnome-network, which is looking very sweet too. I put a tiny little plug for Alvaro’s Cherokee web server – used as an embedded personal web server in gnome-network, very rocking – in the 2.4 release notes screenshots. ;-)

Cool shit update over and out!

Mark Finlay is designing a GNOME scanning interface. A couple of suggestions from a former print design hackeur:

  • The window is taller than it is wide, which can be useful or frustrating. On one hand, it’s kinda suboptimal for the 4:3 and 16:9 monitors in general use, and may be too big for some resolutions (though this would usually only be a problem for ‘home’ or ‘soho’ users, not design professionals). On the other hand, it’s really good because you can keep the (usually) transient ‘utility’ window off to the side of your work, and it won’t take up a lot of horizontal room. So, perhaps it would be worthwhile to have a horizontal disclosure area, with the advanced settings and resolution/contrast/brightness in it. If ‘Scan Type’ can describe the output requirements adequately, then just about everything becomes an advanced setting which you can flip out with the disclosure area.
  • The ‘Edit Selections’ button is probably not necessary. You’re going to have corner-handle rubber band thingies on the preview, which are immediately editable by just dragging them around directly (or tabbing to them for a11y’s sake).

Looks really cool though, great work! I’d love to have a swanky, GNOMEy scanning interface… Though it would mean that I’d have to work out why my scanner jumps up and down when using it with sane. Hmm. ;-)